Tyrone, we hardly knew you. Trotwood parts ways with Superintendent
The love affair didn’t last very long between the Trotwood Madison School Board and their turnaround Superintendent, at tonight’s school board work session sources tell me that the Board accepted Tyrone Olverson’s resignation effective yesterday and that Marlon Howard is now the acting superintendent.
Olverson, came to the district last year with the mission of turning around the worst district in the state, after being a Chief Academic officer in Youngstown, a district that had been taken over by the state. His three year plan apparently ran afoul of a union that didn’t like change, and his inability to listen according to well placed sources.
The board, had last acted in Dec 2018 to give him a contract extension through July 31, 2021, despite resistance from the union. No word yet on if the board is going to look for a new superintendent immediately or keep Howard for the entire school year. There is a board election with Vanessa Jeter-Freeman and Michael Andrews up for re-election, with only one challenger filed and certified so far: Khalilah Forte. The incumbents haven’t yet certified and no one else is running.
How much this will cost Trotwood residents is yet to be seen. Typically, in these situations there is a buy out.
Not that these moves matter, but former DPS principal David White- who had gone to Trotwood and been demoted from HS to Middle School- left now is the new HS principal at Northridge. Their grant writer- left. An elementary school principal- to Springfield. A talented school psychologist also abandoned ship.
They had the second most openings on the education job board for the region- and they are by no means the 2nd biggest district.
Now- with potential enrollment drops due to the tornadoes, will the district be able to convince enough people to come back? The School Board didn’t even wait to see the first years scores from the State tests.
DDN gave you credit for breaking the story. There is some integrity there.
He was terrible. Worse than terrible. From day one, his goals were never to do anything to help the students (but he said he was), never to help the teaching staff get on the same page with curriculum and instruction, and NEVER to take a look at the district to see what was working and succeeding. The changes that had already been made in the district by the previous superintendent were working and he ignored all of them. It was like he went in with his own tornado and destroyed the school district months before the real tornado (unfortunately) hit the city. He took the district back to the dark ages. His decisions in the district from day one were politically motivated and only served to boost his political status and his bottom line. Students were just numbers to him…numbers that can be manipulated to make it look like the district was doing better. Not just testing, but numbers like attendance reporting, student retention, discipline, and more. These were numbers that he (or the friends that he hired) could easilly lie about to the state. He was hired in because Denise Moore was sure that the district was going to be taken over by the state once the report card came out. Denise Moore and her friends pushed Kevin Bell out of his position as superintendent without checking to see what the report card for that year was going to be. Then September comes around and the district was moved up to a D for the previous year! How did Denise Moore react? She ignored recognizing anyone who had a hand in bringing the report card up and acted like Olverson was the savior of the district. Denise Moore is trying to cover up the damage that he has done to the district but a lot of what he did won’t be able to be hidden. He spent MILLIONS of the district’s money. He was nothing less than a tyrant to his own central office staff. By the end of the year the only ones who didn’t hate him were… Read more »